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The Limits of Control

(No longer in theaters)
  • Rating: R — for graphic nudity and some language
  • Director: Jim Jarmusch   Cast: Isaach de Bankole, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Gael García Bernal
  • Running Time: 116 minutes
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Stacey Smith, Gretchen McGowan


Focus Features

Release Date

May 1, 2009

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It’s unfair to call Jim Jarmusch’s The Limits of Control the emptiest movie ever made, but I wrote that in my notebook as I struggled to stay awake. Even more ponderous than his first film, Permanent Vacation, the film follows robotic Isaach de Bankolé on some kind of diamond-smuggling mission through Spain not reacting to eccentrics Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Bernal, and oft-naked Paz de la Huerta. Finally, Bill Murray shows up as a Dick Cheney type and Bankolé turns out to be a supernatural avenger.

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